It all started with college applications in early December. I was on a role applying to colleges; filling out forms and writing essays. And one night I was so into completing applications that I ended up staying up the whole night. The next day (in the morning), I went to bed and woke up at night. This is how my “night shift” experience began.
Sleep during when the sun was up and working at night was useful in many ways. I could concentrate more on my work because it was quiet when the rest were asleep. However, as was in the end of completing my applications my night life began a waste of time. Here is how my typical “day” would look like:
6 pm: wake up
-12 pm: hang out with friends (alcohol became my orange juice and greasy food became my bread.)
– 6 am: computer (watching movies; checking e-mail; chatting; playing Starcraft.)
– 7 am: lunch/dinner (ramen noddles and a can of tuna for most of the time.)
8 pm -: sleep
Initially, I was proud of myself for living a different life to others. I also thought that the many hours of sleep I gained would help myself gain a healthier body and mind. I was absolutely wrong. My night life had brought problems to my physical and mental conditions. The following are the symptoms of night life:
1. Increase of dark circles
2. Lack of elasticity in skin (I personally think the first two are due to the lack of sunlight)
3. Increase of body fat (I personally thought it was hard to work out in the dark)
4. Difficulty in usage of language (because the only practice of communication I had for twenty-four hours was the only when I was with my friends; even then I did not say much)
5. Lack of motivation (watching movies and playing a computer games became an addiction; and prefered games and movies to productive activities.)
Now, I am back into the normal life. It was definitely a new and quiet experience; staying up when everyone else is asleep. Although I did enjoy watching movies, and playing games without my parent’s restriction, the outcome was not so brilliant. I would recommend anyone to have this experience, especially when a person needs quiet time for work or whoever wants something different. However, I would like to warn that this experience has many defects, and most importantly, it is difficult to get back into the regular cylce. Hope you have fun trying this.